Aviation Thoughts & Quotes

Some aviation thoughts and famous quotes to ponder

There are many great quotes out there. This is a list of some of the more important quotes (in my humble opinion) to ponder, as much can be learned from them. To get the most out of any thought or quote, one must spend time thinking about the words and the deeper meaning of what is being said. It all starts with the right attitude.

  • Attitude is Everything – U.S Navy Blue Angels

  • If you are not continually trying to improve your skills, they are degrading  – Mike Kloch (someone may have said it first but I don’t know who if so)

  • We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit – Will Durant

  • The only time you have too much fuel is when you are on fire. –Ernest K. Gann

  • Flying is 95 percent a head game. Almost anyone can learn the monkey-motion involved with shoving an airplane through the air and planting back on a runway. What matters is how we think. That’s what keeps us alive or gets us dead.       -Rick Durden, The Pilot’s Lounge #113, AVweb, May 21, 2007

  • Flying is more than a sport and more than a job; flying is pure passion and desire, which fill a lifetime.     Adolf Galland

  • To most people, the sky is the limit. To those who love aviation, the sky is home.    – Jerry Crawford

  • Try to learn from the mistakes of others. You won’t live long enough to make all of them yourself.  Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Airspeed, altitude or brains: Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.  – ?

  • If you’re faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible.Bob Hoover 

  • The most common phrase used in aviation is, “it depends…”  Something one of my instructors told me in Naval Flight School – Mike Kloch

  • If you are bored flying, your standards are too low. -?

  •  It’s always better to be down on the ground wishing you were up in the air than up in the air wishing you were down on the ground. -?

  • Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers. -?

  • “…the safety of the operator is more important than any other point. Greater prudence is needed rather than greater skill.”  –Wilbur Wright, 1901

  • “Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius

  • “Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect.”Captain A. G. Lamplugh, a British pilot from the early days of aviation

  • A superior pilot uses his superior judgment to avoid situations that would require the use of his superior skills. -?  (Note: A problem is many don’t have the superior skills required)

  • The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.Harlan Ellison  (Note: It’s sad how true this quote is)

  • Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. CALVIN COOLIDGE